Redondo Beach picks new city logo

By Garth Meyer Redondo Beach has a new city logo. In a 4-1 vote May 7, the city council approved a modified, two-sail design from its previously hired graphic designer, after a two-month pause to hold an open contest for more ideas. Following much public input at the May 7 meeting  – split among people…

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$250 school board stipend clashes with city charter

by Garth Meyer “A quarter of a million dollars has been siphoned off to boardmembers,” said Redondo Unified School District boardmember Rolf Strutzenberg at their regular meeting May 14, describing a previous payment of $250 per month to the representatives since 2005. Strutzenberg is also a member of the Redondo Beach charter review committee, which…

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BeachLife issues Sunday wind refunds

by Garth Meyer Refunds are in effect for May 5 BeachLife Festival-goers who saw the event canceled due to high winds with three hours left on the third and final day. Reimbursements announced Monday vary for single-day and three-day ticket holders, as well as if the ticket holder was onsite at the time of cancellation.…

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About Town Redondo: AES safing, youth wellness summit, ocean warning

AES plant “safing” process continues Redondo Beach Mayor Jim Light reported in his May 9 State of the City address that the decommissioned AES plant is undergoing a “safing” (safe mode) process.  It has been disconnected from its 220 kilovolt (high tower) power lines, its natural gas lines capped, and hazardous liquids removed. One of…

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Mayor’s farewell

Mourners converge May 11 off of Redondo Beach for a paddleout ceremony in honor of the late Mayor Bill Brand, who died in February of cancer. Photos by Garth Meyer  

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Metro board set to make light rail extension choice

by Garth Meyer A charter bus will leave the Redondo Beach Transit Center at 8:45 a.m. May 23 to take residents to downtown Los Angeles for a meeting of the Metro Board of Directors, who are slated to choose a route that day for a Green Line/C-Line light rail extension to the South Bay. The…

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Mayor targets light rail, Galleria, harbor in State of the City

by Garth Meyer “It is hard to fill his giant flip-flops,” said Redondo Beach Mayor Jim Light, in his State of the City address May 9 at Sonesta Hotel, the appointed mayor paying tribute to the late Bill Brand.  Light presented a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for the former mayor, accepted by Brand’s sister, Sallie…

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Redondo Union boys volleyball falls in CIF final

Redondo plays Carlsbad in home regional match Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m.   by Garth Meyer RUHS boys volleyball took second place in the CIF Southern Section May 11, with a 3-0 loss to Santa Margarita, 25-21, 26-24, 25-18. The Division 2 championship went to Santa Margarita for the first time since 2001, the…

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BCHD weighs bond to tear down hospital, create green space

by Garth Meyer The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) may ask district voters in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach to approve a $30 million bond to tear down the old South Bay Hospital and replace it with green space and a parking lot, among other modifications to the BCHD campus. The District will…

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Wind cuts short BeachLife, aftermath swirls

by Garth Meyer BeachLife Festival co-founder Allen Sanford and staff are at work this week in the aftermath of Sunday’s cancellation of the last three hours of the three-day music expo due to high winds.  Sanford talked to Easy Reader Wednesday about how decisions were made that day, what the reaction has been and what…

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BeachLife remainder canceled due to wind

The BeachLife Festival was shut down due to high winds Sunday evening, May 5, with ZZ Top pulled off of the Low Tide stage about 5 p.m. and a delay announced. Near 7 p.m., organizers released the following statement:   It is with great sadness that we must cancel our programming at BeachLife this Sunday…

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Redondo Beach wins case against state housing bill (SB9)

by Garth Meyer Was state Senate Bill 9’s goal to create affordable housing defined sufficiently to override the authority of Redondo Beach and four other California cities, who sued the state saying it was not? Superior Court of Los Angeles agreed with the cities on April 22, in a ruling of potential statewide significance. Judge…

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Jimmy Buffett’s Hermosa concert to be recreated at St. Rocke

by Garth Meyer A tribute band will re-enact a 2014 Jimmy Buffett on-the-sand Hermosa Beach concert at St. Rocke Saturday, May 11. The nine-piece Jimmy’s Buffet is led by Chris Maddox, a South Bay native formerly of the Elvis Presley tribute “Graceband.” “Jimmy Buffett carved out this really sweet spot for the world,” Maddox said.…

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Building BeachLife

  CORRECTION: In the story “Building BeachLife” (Easy Reader, May 2, 2024), the company that built the BeachLife stages was misidentified. Stage Techs of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., constructed the two main stages, High Tide and Low Tide. Accurate Staging, of Los Angeles, built the festival’s V.I.P. structures and mezzanines.     by Garth Meyer…

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Redondo to start new 911 mental health pilot 

by Garth Meyer Redondo Beach efforts to fight homelessness added another facet April 9 as the city council voted 4-0 to accept a $1.3 million grant from Healthnet for an “Outreach & Alternative Crisis Response” pilot program.  The sum also includes $768,000 previously designated for the expansion of the Redondo Beach homeless pallet shelter from…

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